The main ingredient is the cachaça, a distilled alcoholic made from fermented sugarcane. In the XVI century the residuate of sugarcane was given to slaves and to animals. This fermented residuate was called by the spanish "cachaza" and by the portuguese "cagassa".
Then someone had the great idea to distill it, and this originated a strong alcoholic that became famous really soon.
Apart from being an alcoholic beverage it was considered also as a medicine, something like an elixir that could be given to heal from flu (grippe) and fever.
The ingredients are:
- Cachaça (5-6 cl. / 1T fl oz);
- 1/2 Lime;
- 2 teaspoons of white sugar;
Step 1: Cut the Lime
Place the lime into the glass. I left the glasses for about half an hour into the freezer, to maintain the cocktail cold while you're drinking.
Step 2: Add the Sugar
The use of cane sugar is mainly an european tradition, the original Caipirinha uses the refined one.
Step 3: Mash the Ingredients
Then fill the glass with crushed ice.
Step 4: Add the Magic
Step 5: Drink It!
Remember not to drive after drinking!